Bishop Edwards

Bishop Edwards


Bishop Mark Edwards OMI is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Region in Melboure and was previously the Auxiliary Bishop for the Eastern Region. Born in Balikpapan, Indonesia on 14 June 1959, Fr Edwards was educated at Mazenod College, Mulgrave and Monash University, Melbourne. Entering the Noviciate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Mulgrave in 1980, he made his final religious profession on 17 February 1984 and was ordained a priest on 16 August                                       1986.

Fr Edwards has since worked as a teacher, novice master and lecturer in Melbourne. In 2010 he became rector of Iona College in Brisbane. Between 2001-2012, Fr Edwards served as counsellor of the Australian Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Cardinal John Dew



John Dew was born in Waipawa, a small settlement on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, May 5, 1948. He attended Catholic schools through high school. He studied philosophy at Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch and theology at Holy Cross Seminary in Dunedin.

He was ordained a priest in May 1976 and became auxiliary bishop of Wellington in May 1995. He was appointed coadjutor archbishop in 2004 and succeeded Cardinal Williams as archbishop the following year.

In addition to participating in the synods on the Eucharist and family, in 2012 Pope Benedict named him to the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization.

He is president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and heads the Military Ordinariate of New Zealand.

Dr Pasi Sahlberg



PasiSahlberg is a Finnish educator, author, and scholar. He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy-maker in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. He has served World Bank in Washington, DC; European Commission in Torino, Italy: and OECD as an external expert in various countries. His core expertise is in teacher education, international education policies, classroom pedagogies, and educational leadership. He has published widely about educational change and improvement, his book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is also received Education Award in Finland in 2012, The Robert Owen Award in Scotland in 2014, The Lego Prize in 2016, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in 2017. He is a former director general of CIMO at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s

Dr Pak Tee



Pak Tee Ng is Associate Dean, Leadership Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He teaches in executive programmes for school leaders including Principalship and Head of Department-shi), postgraduate programmes for research candidates (Master, EdD and PhD), and foundation programmes for trainee teachers. Pak Tee’s main areas of teaching, research, training and consultancy at NIE are Educational Leadership, Educational Policies, Learning Organisation, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Innovation, Complexity, and Coaching.

Prof Stephen Dinham



Professor Stephen Dinham OAM PhD is Associate Dean Strategic Partnerships and Professor of Instructional Leadership in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

He has conducted a wide range of research projects (more than 75 funded in excess of $10,000,000) in the areas of educational leadership and change, effective pedagogy/quality teaching, student achievement, postgraduate supervision, professional teaching standards, teachers' professional development, middle-level leaders in schools, and teacher satisfaction, motivation and health. He has an extensive publication record (more than 340 publications) of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and articles in professional journals. He is a frequent presenter at international, national and state conferences (over 520 presentations).

Prof Chris Sarra



Professor Chris Sarra is the founder and Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute Limited and Professorof Education at the University of Canberra. He is also a sole Director of his own Business and Leadership Consultancy, Strong Smart Solutions.

In 2016, Chris received the prestigious NAIDOC Person of the Year Award as recognition for ongoing and relentless efforts to positively change educational expectations of Indigenous children throughout Australia. Despite limited teacher expectations of Chris as a student he went on to achieve many distinguished academic credentials including a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and a PhD in Psychology with Murdoch University. He also has an Executive Masters in Public Administration and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Sarra became best known in the late 1990s when he took on the challenges of Indigenous education as Principal of Cherbourg State School in South East Queensland. Through Chris’ leadership the school became nationally acclaimed for its pursuit of the Stronger Smarter philosophy, which significantly improved the educational and life outcomes of its students. His life’s work is reflected in his biography Good Morning Mr Sarra: my life working for a stronger, smarter future for our children.


Professor Chris Sarra’s work at Cherbourg State School, an Aboriginal community school in South East Queensland, was groundbreaking, exposing the teaching profession and Aboriginal communities to a newer, more positive and honourable reality in which Aboriginal children could be stronger and smarter. After 7 years at Cherbourg he founded the Stronger Smarter Institute, which has worked with and inspired more than 2500 school and Aboriginal community leaders in more than 500 schools. The tide of low expectations did change and today there is no place to hide without being challenged, in any classroom in Australia for any teacher of Aboriginal children.

In his address Professor Sarra will reflect upon his personal and professional journey and invite us to contemplate how we as educators might learn from this and set about purging the stench of low expectations in our own schools.

Masterclass: Unpacking Aboriginal Student Baggage: A framework for understanding and responding to the social and cultural context of Indigenous learners

‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.’

In this session Professor Sarra will work with teachers and school leaders offering a very simple framework for deeper reflection on, and more responsive engagement with the social and cultural context of Indigenous student learners. The workshop is not a ‘cross-cultural’ session, but rather a session that encourages critical self-reflection for educators, and a way of better understanding Indigenous learners. The session will also share effective strategies that really do work for Indigenous children.

Prof Louise Stoll



Louise Stoll PhD is Professor of Professional Learning at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at University College London’s Institute of Education and international consultant. Her research and development activity focuses on how schools, local and national systems create capacity for learning in a changing world, with particular emphasis on professional learning communities and learning networks, creative leadership and leadership development. She is also passionate about finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice. She directed a national knowledge exchange project in England, working with middle (teacher) leaders, and is evaluating progress towards an evidence-based teaching system for England’s Department for Education. Other projects include synthesising the findings of teaching school alliances’ R&D national theme projects for the National College for Teaching and Leadership.